And, that's exactly what happened when a five-year-old from Byram, Mississippi, chose to take matters into his own hands.
The Grinch was still in his Santa costume when police tracked him down and put him in a holding cell with the help of honorary junior officer TyLon.
Tylon Pittman, of Byram, was watching a video on his smartphone and didn't like what he saw, so he made a decision to call 911.
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Dispatchers sent Officer Lauren Develle to TyLon's home to check it out and promise him that the Grinch will not steal his Christmas.
Pittman then called TyLon to the door where the grinning officer stood.
Video posted to Facebook by TeDera Dwayne Graves II showed the interaction between his little brother and a police officer. "Because the Grinch is gonna steal Christmas, okay?"
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"I want you to come to my house and take him to jail", Pittman said.
Once the Grinch served his time, Tylon got to tour the jail and was sure to offer his services to the department, should they need him to save the holidays again. "I'm going to ride my motorcycle so fast". TyLon, who wants to be a police officer when he grows up, was thrilled. But before they finished the job, another Grinch stole them, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said.
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On Monday, TyLon got his wish and arrested the Grinch.